Alexander Cairncross (bishop)

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Alexander Cairncross (1637–1701) was Archbishop of Glasgow 1684–1687.

Life[edit]

Alexander Cairncross was descended from the ancient family of Cairncross of Cowmull. For some time he followed the trade of a dyer in the Canongate of Edinburgh. Subsequently he became parson[dubious ] of Dumfries, where he remained until 1684 when, by the recommendation of the Duke of Queensberry, he was promoted to the see of Brechin, from which he was in a few months promoted to that of Glasgow. Having incurred the displeasure of the Lord Chancellor, the Earl of Perth, he was in January 1687 removed from the see, but after the Glorious Revolution he obtained the notice of the new powers, and in 1693 was made Bishop of Raphoe in Ireland, where he remained until his death on 14 May 1701. By will he left a great deal of money to the poor of the parish of Raphoe, and the tenth part of his personal estate to the episcopal clergy of the Kingdom of Scotland. He was buried in the Cathedral of Raphoe.

References[edit]

  • Registrum Episcopatus Brechinensis (Bannatyne Club, 1856), p. 141 (App.) 79
  • Keith's Scottish Bishops (Russell), 168, 268–9
  • Ware's Works (Harris), i. 277.
Attribution

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Cairncross, Alexander". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 

Religious titles
Preceded by
Robert Douglas
Bishop of Brechin
1684
Succeeded by
James Drummond
Preceded by
Arthur Rose
Archbishop of Glasgow
1684–1687
Succeeded by
John Paterson
Preceded by
William Smyth
Bishop of Raphoe
1693–1701
Succeeded by
Robert Huntington
Academic offices
Preceded by
Arthur Ross
Chancellor of the University of Glasgow
1684–1687
Succeeded by
John Paterson